Unboxing: No-Makeup Makeup

Happy Friday!

Once again I find myself in possession of a Memebox- although this time it arrived looking like the postal service played a few rounds of kickball with it before delivering it to me.  Luckily, everything inside it was fine, but I was pretty concerned until I opened everything up.

This is Memebox Superbox #44 – No Makeup Makeup.

A brief description of Memebox:

Memebox is a company that provides “mystery” boxes with Korean beauty and skincare products.  It’s not a subscription service, so you have to buy each box individually (and hope the one you want doesn’t sell out before you get to it).  They have three classes of boxes: Memeboxes, which have 4-8 full size or deluxe sample products; Luckyboxes, which are a kind of “best-of-the-best” box that have the most loved products in them from previous boxes; and Superboxes, which contain only full size products.

Since this is a superbox, all the items are full-size. Moving on.

1. Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover SPF 50++ PA+++

This is a Korean brand, even though New York is in the name – the concept is New York style, I guess.

“This popular Mineral CC Cushion is widely acknowledged for its high level of UV protection and moisture, effective and long-lasting coverage, and its non-sticky, silky after touch previously unfounded in any other CC or Air Cushions. Dab away with the Mineral CC Cushion to feature the ultimate no-makeup look, because it’ll bring out the most natural and healthy-looking glow on your face! Plus, the high concentrates of bamboo water deliver instant soothing and cooling effect, making it perfect to be used in the summer times.”

This product was randomly selected from two shades – 21 Clear Light Beige, and 23 Oriental Pure Beige.  I got #21.  It’s raining like mad out here so the light is pretty terrible, but I’m around an NC20 and I think this shade works pretty nicely.  It almost definitely won’t do for anyone darker.   The case is no more clunky than any other cushion foundation I’ve seen and the foundation itself is scented, although not super heavily.

2. Drww. Power Lift Strong Cream

Strong cream, as opposed to weak cream.  It sounds like a way to order tea or something.

“Containing Omega 3.6.9, hyaluronic acid, and 5 different kinds of flower seed extracts, Drww’s Power Lift Strong Cream works to treat skin darkening and wrinkles. The best part of this cream, however, is in its function as a makeup booster. It can also be applied in small amounts along the T-zone for highlighting your features before or after makeup.  What’s more, mix it in with a makeup base or a foundation and apply on your face for a natural glowing and radiant complexion.”

Here’s what the (plastic) tub looks like when opened:
This stuff is thick, and heavily fragranced.  I haven’t tried it as a makeup booster (primer?), but looking at swatches of it on my arm, it’s basically the same as Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter.   It won’t bling the crap out of your face or make you look like a disco ball, but it’s great to add some sheer highlighting.  This product is a little more subtle than Becca’s SSP.

3. Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer

“The Silky Velvet Primer works to make your skin soft and silky before application of base makeup.  Made from “USDA” patented organic ingredients such as rhodiola rosa root extracts, damask rose extracts, and rosemary leaf extracts, this primer is gentle and adheres thinly and smoothly to the skin, filling in all the uneven skin texture and fine lines & wrinkles for a long-lasting, velvet-like skin condition.”
I was utterly unsurprised to find a primer in this box.  I like that it comes in a tube rather than in a jar, though – seems more hygienic and less likely to dry up between uses.

4. DD’ell Gel Color Pot 08 Snowy White

“A whitening, anti-wrinkle, brightening, and moisturizing facial essence Now this Gel Color Pot is a real multi-player when it comes to featuring a natural no-makeup look. It works as a light snowy-colored shadow and a highlighter all in one! Its texture is cushiony and creamy when applied, and the subtle pearls and sophisticated color formation brings out the best in your complexion.”
This pot is about the same size as one of Maybelline’s Color Tattoos, but contains slightly more product (5.5 grams compared to 4).  For reference, a MakeUpForEver Aqua Cream contains 6 grams, and Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombres also contain 4g. MAC’s paint pots contain 5 grams.  (I like cream shadows.)  When you touch the product it’s almost like rubbing the top of a mushroom – it’s very soft and feels kind of flexible rather than firm.  The texture is closer to Chanel’s product than to any of the other cream shadows in my collection, but it isn’t a cream-to-powder finish – it’s just a very soft cream.  There is more glitter in this product than in any of my other shadows, but it’s still more shimmery than glittery.  You could totally get away with wearing this to work, although I don’t know that I would use it as a highlighter – not subtle enough for me.  It doesn’t go on white, actually – it’s a sheer light shimmer with a little glitter.

5. ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence Red Rose

“Enriched with vitamin E, shea butter, jojoba oil, and macadamia oil, this Lip Essence works to deeply moisturize dry, chapped lips and protect it from further dehydration by delivering nutrition from within.  What makes this lip product so unique is that when applied, it’ll alter its color according to individual’s lip color and pH level. Thus, the Vita CC Lip Essence will not only moisturize and care for your lips but also add natural color and radiance at the same time!”
This product comes out of the applicator clear, and then slowly turns color once it’s on your lips.  On me it turned a purply mauve that was in no way reminiscent of a red rose.  It wasn’t an ugly color, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

6. Missha The Style Perfect Concealer Natural Beige

“The Style Perfect Concealer naturally covers up skin imperfections and dark circles and prevents skin from darkening throughout the day. The gentle formula soothes the skin yet at the same time strongly adheres to the skin for a long-lasting coverage.”
This product, sadly, is too dark for me.  I’d say it’s around an NC25 maybe?  In any case, it came out of the pot smoothly on my finger and applied without being patchy or dragging my skin.  The pot has 3g of product in it.
So, how does this box stack up?
CC Cushion – listed on the card at $23.  Will I use it? Probably – once I test it in natural light to make sure it’s the right shade for me and patch test to make sure it won’t break me out.
Strong Cream – listed on the card at $60. Hot dang that’s expensive.  Will I use it? Maybe.  It’s more subtle than my Becca SSP, which I don’t often reach for, so it might be nice for those days I need a little extra shimmer.
Primer – listed at $30.  Will I use it? Almost definitely. Again, I’ll have to patch test to make sure it won’t break me out, but I have enough visible pores that I’d like a primer that works.
The Color Pot – listed at $16.  Will I use it? Absolutely.  As an eyeshadow, though, not as a highlighter.
The Lip Essence – Listed at $24.  Will I use it? Ehhh…. maybe. I don’t love the color and I really like lip tints.
Concealer – listed at $4. Will I use it? Nope, it’s not the right color.
Total box cost: $157.  Well worth it.

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